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Career Potential

Hofstra music majors graduate with a combination of classroom instruction and professional experiences that are highly regarded in today's competitive job market.

Each one of the seven music major tracks (history/literature, jazz and commercial music, six music major tracks, music performance, music theory/composition, music education and music business) presents students with a conservatory-based foundation in history, theory and ear-training.

Hundreds of our alumni in music education are successful band, choral and general music teachers throughout the country, especially the Northeast. Alumni from our Music Business program include the president of D'Addario and Co. (one of the leading manufacturers of guitar and bowed instrument strings, Evans drumheads, and Planet Waves guitar accessories) and the vice president of A&R and advertising at Warner/Chappell Music. Additionally, the founder of Hofstra's Music Business program (who is also a Hofstra alumnus and currently a professor emeritus of music) co-invented the Moog Synthesizer in 1964, revolutionizing the music industry.

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in music, 100% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the arts and humanities and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $38,000.

Examples of companies where recent graduates are working:

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Live Nation
  • Viacom Media Networks
  • D'Addario & Co.
  • Emfb Music
  • Discoveries Preschool
  • Floating Opera New York
  • Heritage Hotel and Conference Center
  • JN Management
  • Literacy Link
  • Paramount
  • Pro Sound Music
  • Tri-Cities Opera
  • TuneCore
  • Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Korg
  • (SIR) Studio Instrumental Rentals
  • D'Addario
  • Primary Wave

Examples of Industries Where Our Alumni are Currently Working

  • Music Education
  • Music Management
  • Music Marketing
  • Music Publishing
  • Performance Groups (ie. orchestras, bands, symphonies)
  • Performance Venues
  • Public Relations for the Music Industry
  • Record Labels
  • Recording Studios
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Supervisor

Additionally, many of our recent graduates are pursuing or planning to pursue advanced degrees in music and music education at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Penn State University, University of Notre Dame, Rutgers University, University of Georgia, CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, Hofstra University, and The New School.

Information on various careers that may be of interest to Hofstra University Music Department majors are available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, such as Musicians and Singers; Music Directors and Composers; Broadcasting and Sound Engineering Technicians; and Producers and Directors.

*Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety


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